Audit Finds Treasury Approved Excessive Pay For CEOs of Bailout Recipients

Hey, do you remember when the Obama administration wanted to limit the pay of American business executives? Apparently, they didn’t have in mind CEOs of big companies that received taxpayer funded bailouts. According to a recent audit, the Treasury Department approved “excessive” pay for execs at companies like GM and AIG.

A government auditor harshly criticized the Treasury Department for approving “excessive” pay packages for top executives at three companies that received large government bailouts.

Christy Romero, the special inspector general overseeing the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, criticized the Treasury for approving pay raises at General Motors Co., Ally Financial Inc. and American International Group Inc.

The report released Monday was critical of the Treasury’s special master overseeing executive pay at companies that got very large bailouts: Cash salaries of $450,000 or more were approved for 94 percent of the top 25 employees at AIG, GM and Ally.

“While taxpayers struggle to overcome the recent financial crisis and look to the U.S. government to put a lid on compensation for executives of firms whose missteps nearly crippled the U.S. financial system, the U.S. Department of the Treasury continues to allow excessive executive pay,” the report said.

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